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The Law of Attraction

 

Have you ever bought a new car and then suddenly you see the exact same car all the time? Recently this happened to me when my coworker bought an orange Subaru. Before she bought it I had never noticed bright orange cars on the road. Then, like magic, I thought I saw my coworker everywhere around town. This phenomenon is know as the Law of Attraction.

The Law of Attraction (as it relates to philosophy) is simply that like attracts like. If you have negative/positive thoughts then you will notice the negative/positive stimuli in your life. It’s the old glass is half full, glass is half empty thought process. You have the choice to perceive the world in whatever way you want.

The difference between a happy person and a sad person is how they see the world around them and how they choose to react to it. To achieve happiness, you have to create it. It doesn’t magically happen. After training your brain to see the positives and focus on desired outcomes the negativity begins to fade and your quality of life increases.

 

Ralph Trine wrote in In Tune With The Infinite (1897):

The law of attraction works universally on every plane of action, and we attract whatever we desire or expect. If we desire one thing and expect another, we become like houses divided against themselves, which are quickly brought to desolation. Determine resolutely to expect only what you desire, then you will attract only what you wish for.

Here are 4 areas of your life where the Law of Attraction can be found.

Health

Proponents of the Law of Attraction claim that focusing on negativity, stress, and anxiety will make people sick. While on the other hand, positive thoughts can cure sickness and keep people healthy. Your mental state can be stronger than you think. This is probably why prayer works for people. Also why broken heart syndrome will make someone sick when a loved one dies.

Finances

If someone has financial troubles and they think prosperous thoughts instead of negative ones then they will attract prosperity in the future. Feeling happy and grateful for the things you have is the best way to attract more wealth. If you have debt, expect things will improve and your situation will slowly improve. If you’re expecting funds then you will notice opportunities in your day to day life that will improve your situation.

Relationships

Focusing on the good things your spouse does. Noticing and appreciating your significant other’s good qualities will obviously improve the relationship but making a conscious effort to notice it will bring more awareness to all the other great things they do. The same is true for being annoyed by pet peeves. If pet peeves and bad behaviors weigh on your mind then you’ll begin to notice more of the things that bother you.

Goals

Visualization exercises are great to introduce the Law of Attraction into your life. Sports athletes are famous for using visualization to attract a desired outcome. Fighters, wrestlers, and individual sports athletes all take time before a competition to visualize the entire event in their head. This prepares them for what to expect and helps create the outcome they want. Visualization is not just for athletics. Personal and business goals can also be achieved by visualizing yourself completing them. Thoughts become things. Thoughts turn into action, and action turns into progress.

The main thing to remember about the Law of Attraction is that you are in control of your life. You create your own happiness. Think happy thoughts and just keep swimming.

 

-Tanner

 

Tanner LaBelle
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Technology Addiction

There are countless benefits to our new information age. We have at our fingertips the ability to connect with anyone around the world. No other generation has been so connected with billions of people. Being connected with more people is great for sharing information, ideas, and stories. But having this ability to look at how the rest of the world lives can create a need to compare ourselves with what other people share.

The newest generation has been called Generation D, which stands for depression. This depression comes from external sources contributing to our self worth. People have become addicted to the endorphin rush they get when receiving  a ‘like’ or comment on their post or photo. Applications like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter give us a snapshot of the high points in other people’s lives.

Use social media as a way to enhance your life. Share inspiring quotes, promote a business, share personal triumphs, spread positivity. Be mindful though of how it is affecting you. Cell phones and computers can control your behavior and mood if you aren’t self reflecting.

Do you find yourself:

  • Engaging in heated arguments over someone’s status update or comment?
  • Becoming frustrated or angry at someone’s political, religious, or personal view?
  • Procrastinating on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other digital media when you should be doing something productive?
  • Wishing you were on vacation, out with friends, exploring nature, or becoming the owner of a new toy like your friends and celebrities you follow?

If any of these examples struck a chord with you than you aren’t living to your fullest potential. Participating in meaningless banter with other people online is a waste of time. It will only attract more negativity in your life. You would be amazed at how the world keeps spinning and how much time you have in your day when you distance yourself from the negative aspects of social media.  If you think you have fallen victim to technology it can be difficult to correct.

The best way to regroup and focus on personal development is to quit cold turkey. Give up technology for a week. The only way you allow yourself to use technology is if it is absolutely necessary for work. While on this media fast be sure to monitor how you’re feeling. Write in a daily journal or keep an eye on how your day to day attitude has changed. I recommend actually writing it down as opposed to trying remember it because your memory fades in time. Can you remember what you had for lunch last Tuesday?

Here are some examples of things you could monitor:

  • Mood for the day
  • Free time
  • Productivity
  • Number of times you reach for your phone (out of instinct to keep yourself entertained)

At the end of the week long media fast if you feel that you still need to catch up with the lives of family and friends, that’s okay too. The goal of this exercise is to self reflect and see how you can improve your day to day happiness.  

-Tanner

Tanner LaBelle